Friday 24 May 2019

How to wear... marigold

It's the shade taking over the high street, and whether you go for a breezy day dress, glamorous gown or a sunny coat, you'll shine at every occasion, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Charlize Theron. Photo: WireImage
Charlize Theron. Photo: WireImage
Constance Wu. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Shirt, €49 from & Other Stories
Blouse, €180 from Reiss
Coat, €286 from Jigsaw
Midi dress, €64 from warehouse-london.com
Sandals, €77 from M&S
Skirt, €79 from & Other Stories
Trousers, €35 from Miss Selfridge
Maxi dress, €350 from Tara Jarmon at Arnotts

It's been nearly a year since Amal Clooney made her eye-catching entrance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in head-to-toe sunshine yellow. Her Stella McCartney dress and fascinator kickstarted a trend that dominated occasionwear in 2018, and now it's back for another season. You'll be guaranteed to see it in some form or another at every summer wedding, party and festival this year, but don't shy away from trying it for yourself.

The reigning shade, dubbed "Aspen gold" by colour expert Pantone (or marigold to the rest of us), bloomed on the catwalks. At Max Mara, Kaia Gerber stole the show in a monochromatic dress, blazer and knee boots, while royal favourite Brandon Maxwell offered a maxi-length shirt dress and buzzy brand Pyer Moss proposed a slinky asymmetric number.

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There were statement gowns, including Carolina Herrera's gleaming off-the-shoulder design, rendered in buttery satin, and Oscar de la Renta's pretty chiffon style with crossover neckline, since worn by Claire Foy at a glitzy film premiere.

Designers presented options for daytime too, including Kate Spade's sleek scarf-tie jumpsuit, worn with a pink rain mac and lilac sandals, and Prabal Gurung's nipped-in suiting.

Now the trend has trickled down to the high street and just about every shop has something to offer in this sunny hue.

It does require a bit of daring to sport such a bright shade for a wedding, but Amal's wedding guest look has gone some way towards normalising it.

There are countless marigold dresses and jumpsuits to choose from, including many lookalikes of the Stella McCartney style and fascinator from the royal wedding (Monsoon's "hatinator" is a bit smaller, and thus more forgiving, than Amal's dramatic sombrero style).

For the most flattering result, stick to a solid colour rather than a pattern - the tone is loud enough already without throwing in a busy print. To temper the boldness of the shade, pair with understated metallic accessories, such as warm gold shoes and jewellery.

Constance Wu, in Atelier Versace at this year's Oscars, illustrated how well this colour works for formal occasions. Subtle details such as fine pleating or a delicate ruffle, as seen in Tara Jarmon's maxi dress, can soften the effect and render a yellow gown surprisingly pretty.

Marigold is a winner for daytime too, as demonstrated by Charlize Theron at a recent film screening. The cheery hue provides a beautiful contrast to her dark hair and sun-kissed skin - it will look particularly striking with a tan.

In a simple summer dress, loose cotton shirt or breezy midi skirt, the shade comes across relaxed rather than shouty, especially when worn with creamy or off-white tones: all the better for styling this season's white denim trend.

You don't need to commit to a full yellow look to make an impact: a single, block-colour piece can really pack a punch.

See Lupita Nyong'o in a Mansur Gavriel coat over a printed Prabal Gurung ensemble and budget-friendly Nine West sandals for a lesson in vibrant outerwear.

During event season, we tend to focus on what we're wearing underneath, without giving thought to what we'll throw on top until we're almost out the door.

In Lupita's case, it's the coat that makes the look, adding an easy polish to the lively prints. A marigold coat or jacket will lift all of your colourful summer dresses, as well as injecting some life into muted dark colours, navy in particular.

Instead of spending hours shivering in an old jacket or cardigan, invest in a scene- stealing coat.

Irish Independent

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